What if the great global warming swindle were true?
Some politicians would be red-faced. Only they are used to that feeling and most will spin the result to survive and fight in another election. It is what they do.
Most of us would just be confused.
A swindle is a deliberate attempt to mislead for personal gain. When a hustler tries to sell an unwanted trinket to an unsuspecting tourist by claiming it is an ancient artifact; that is a swindle. A deception.
Fear of global warming effects is not a swindle.
The great global warming swindle is the acceptance that human actions have caused global warming and then claiming that we can do something about it.
Some say that the use of information that shows levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are rising, together with loose numbers on temperature and weather patterns to assume that one (rising greenhouse gas concentrations) causes the other (climate change) is itself a swindle. The link may be plausible but there is no evidence of cause and effect.
There are a few who say the whole thing is just a climate change hoax
Some people believe there is enough evidence that human activity has caused global warming.
So far this is not really a swindle. The evidence is reasonable, even compelling, and there is no obvious gain in gaming it.
The con is the implicit assumption that if we caused it, then we can fix it.
Only to fix it we have to change some activities. We have to swindle some folk out of the opportunity to make money or even their liberty to do what they like without any real evidence that it will work.
We have proposed greenhouse gas emissions reduction and set them into international conventions and national policies. Even brought in a carbon price and created markets to trade carbon as a commodity.
This is the great global warming swindle. Some personal liberty must be sacrificed and a cost incurred for what may be a spurious argument, an unproven solution to something that may or may not be real, or if it is real, could easily be caused by something else.
We already know that climate change is not just about greenhouse gases because there are variations or cycles in
that can also cause climate change.
Anything that impinges on personal liberty touches a nerve in most of us. We accept some limits on our behaviour if there is a collective good. Only we need to be sure of the collective good. We also need to be convinced that the curtailed behaviour was bad.
Not so easy if there is doubt about the bad effects of the action, and that stopping that behaviour has benefit.
Swindle is a provocative word. But you can see why it has been thrown at climate change.
Just like it is wise to at least listen to the climate change skeptics and to consider the notion of a climate change hoax , so the idea of the great global warming swindle should not be dismissed out of hand.
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